Sunday, March 23, 2014
More Quebec City
Many of the buildings in Vieux-Québec are stone, with tall windows. Note the snow fences.
Walking in the old part of Quebec means many hills and many stairs. Basse-Ville (lower town) is where the port is. This photo is part way down. Looking up you can see the Chateau Frontenac, a landmark hotel.
Here you can see part of lower town. Now there are many shops, many aimed at tourists.
The defences for the city were in the upper part of the city, with canons facing the river. Many are placed there along Les Ramparts.
The original city was entered through one of the stone gates. This one is lit up as the Crashed Ice championship was being held int he city. The course went right through the gate. For anyone who doesn't know what crashed ice is (and I only learned about it because this was across the street from our hotel), the course goes down the hill with sections going up. People (crazy people I should say) skate down this course. I have no clue how it is judged. I don't think it is just time as there were judges placed in several spots down the course.
I am sure they never saw this view as they hurtle down. I enjoyed it.
Here is one of the crazy skaters.
We walked a lot over the 3 days. This sculpture sits on the grounds of the National Assembly, Quebec's parliament buildings. It represents the progress of women. The three together are suffragettes: Thérèse Forget-Casgrain, Marie Lacoste Gérin-Lajoie and Idola Saint-Jean. Women in Quebec did not get the vote until 1940. Marie-Claire Kirkland was the first woman elected to parliament in 1960. Even then she could not sign a lease for an apartment in the city without her husband's signature. Learn more here.
Quebec is beautiful in any weather.